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Hydroponics Food Production Workshop

December 19, 2014

There will be a Hydroponics Food Production Workshop on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at the Crop Diversification Centre, 17507 Fort Road, Edmonton, Canada. Several experts will discuss the basics of hydroponics systems, nutrient and crop management and lighting systems. Two growers who have been using floating hydroponics systems will share their experiences. Attendees will also see a floating system growing lettuce, herbs and kale. The cost is $73.50 for the members of Alberta Greenhouse Growers Association (AGGA) and $ 105.00 for non-members. Lunch and handouts are included. For registration call AGGA office at 780-489-1991, go to, or email

9th International Congress Course & Hydroponics, Mexico

December 18, 2014

The Mexican Hydroponic Association will hold its 9th International Congress Course and Hydroponics at the College of Civil Engineering Mexico (CICEM), in the State of Toluca, from 12-14 March 2015. This biennial Congress will have a strong focus on urban hydroponics, vertical gardens and ‘Simplified’ hydroponic techniques. Read More »

6th China International Modern Agricultural Exhibition

December 17, 2014

The 6th China (Beijing) International Modern Agricultural Exhibition (CIMAE 2015) will be held at the National Agriculture Exhibition Center (CNAEC), Beijing, China, from 19-21 April 2015. The event is expected to attract over 30,000 visitors and showcase 428 exhibits from 10 countries – USA, Japan, Germany, Israel, Canada, Korea, Russia, Belarus, Norway and Austria. Read More »

Abu Dhabi to Host Second Edition of ‘Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture

December 12, 2014

Abu Dhabi will host the second ‘Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture’ (GFIA) from 9-11 March 2015. International public and private sector experts will address ‘climate-smart agriculture’ at the three-day exhibition and conference. Read More »

SA multi-million-dollar greenhouse expansion

December 5, 2014

The South Australian Government has announced financial support for a multi-million dollar high-tech greenhouse expansion in the state’s Mid North. Sundrop Farms uses solar-thermal energy to desalinate water from Spencer Gulf to grow tomatoes in greenhouses – the only facility of its kind in Australia. The company is about to expand its pilot plant, 20 kilometres south of Port Augusta, from 2000 square metres of growing area to 200,000 square. Read more

Hydroponics & Aquaponics at the Gold Coast

December 2, 2014

ICESC2015 will be held at the at  the Pavilion Convention Centre, Gold Coast Jupiter’s, Australia, from 5-8 July 2015. This International Soilless Culture Symposium will focus on Hydroponics and Aquaponic systems under cover and outdoors and will be held under the auspices of the ISHS Commission Plant Substrates & Soilless Culture. Read More »

Lighting the Way

November 30, 2014
Steven Carruthers

LED technology continues to make news as growers look for ways to increase yields and drive down energy cost for supplemental/assimilation lighting, especially in high and middle latitudes where day length is short. The development of the high-brightness blue LED has also seen the emergence of plant factories in urban environments to grow a range of fresh greens for consumer consumption, rather than import produce over long distances. In fact, plant factories have become the fastest growing sector in the protected cropping industry in cities across the world. Read More »